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Selina Miles on directing Martha: A Picture Story

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Finding her way to a film career through a love of street art, this director gives good advice to others lacking the confidence of traditional pathways.

Selina Miles, the director of this year’s festival hit Martha: A Picture Story, never set out to be a documentary filmmaker. As a young woman living in Brisbane she studied multimedia design and was interested in the visual arts, especially grafitti and the global street art movement. ‘Film never really clicked for me until I had a friend who was doing a painting in a studio and I started documenting him,’ she says on the phone to Screehub. ‘It was a lightbulb moment and I’ve been working in film ever since, finding my way through trial and error. Lots of error!’ she laughs.

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